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great. seeing no further public comment, let's call the next item please. >> announcements information and discussion. >> any announcements? >> i would have just one. and i think that everybody knows that for quite some time now we have had a vacancy on the commission due to the leaving of nicholas who left the campaign for the bart board and successful in achieve thating seat, we are about to have another vacancy soon because i will be leaving as of the end of this month and i am urging everyone to search far and wide, for some environmentalists whose names we can submit to the mayor for consideration to fill those vacancies. it is really difficult to function as well as we would like when we don't have a full commission. so that was just my request that please, do get names to people. so that we can get them to the
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mayor. >> commissioner wald? >> i was so, i know that i am going to get another chance to say this, but i just have to say what a loss your leaving retiring, will be ruth, even if we get a grateful commission shortly after. you are the best environmentalist on this commission. your knowledge of the san francisco environment and the issues that are effect it as well as the broad sweep of relationships that you have built with the activists and the individuals and the environmental organizations and the people in the city departments, and including but not limited to the department of the environment, have been an enormous to the commission, and then have enhanced the work of the department as well as
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the commission. and we are going to be poorer for your leaving, and i hope you know how much we all have appreciated and benefited from your service on this commission. >> thank you, so much. for that. >> i really appreciate it. very, very much. and you all will be very much missed, in the capacity in which i currently know you but i am probably not going very far and may return to be kind of a pain. >> you better. >> thanks. >> any more announcements or any comments on the announcements? >> public comment? >> yes. >> shrada. >> so almost 15 years ago, i sat in monica's seat of the commission secretary and there was a member of the public who
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came to most of the commission meetings if not all, and that was ruth gravanis and she came to the department with a lot of wonderful ideas, talked about sustainability bio diversity and i am sad to hear that you are leaving the commission. thank you for all of your dedication to the department and to san francisco. >> thank you, so much for that. >> you are one of the people that i am really going to miss. >> any more public comment? >> there being none, next item. >> operation's committee chair's report, highlights of the november 12, 2014 meeting, this is an information and discussion item would a member like to report on the previous meeting >> sure. the operation's committee meeting, and we covered three main topics and it was a good meeting one of my favorite meetings ever. we had an update on the budget,
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which is heartening, because after more than a year of budget update wheres we had a shortfall, we were caught up and everything was good. so i felt good about that. and we still did discuss the fact that there is some concern over the fact that we were still heavily grant funded and we don't have then the benefits because the grants actually articulate the money has to only go into the actual hours, worked and against whatever the project and program is, and it can't cover things like vacation and healthcare and so we have another discussion around whether or not it was time to go back and ask for the general fund dollars to cover that and we talked about at the prior meeting we suggested that there could be some conversations or working group put together with the other departments that saw the same problems and in fact there are not that many other departments that have the level of problem that we see at the department of the environment. and so, we are thinking that maybe the general fund money the right way to go. and then we had a fantastic
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presentation on the urban agriculture which made me happy. and we got to speak with the person from parks and recr, who is covering the program and we had a lot of discussion around whether or not parks and rec should own the program or if it should be ours. >> but we learned and we learned fantastic things about the community gardens and the city owned property you know, that the people are creating, and they are growing food and some of that is going for feed the people who don't have other access to food in the city and it is heartening and fantastic presentation and then finally, we discussed the community meeting that we had and we learned as to whether or not the staff could accommodate that level of work, whether it was too much work to put the community meetings together and talked about what worked but didn't, and donny said that they had learned a lot from the first two that we had down about nine months apparent and that he felt that while there was a learning curve that made
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the work and the task for the department had to under taig take harder to know that they had it under their belt a little bit and we could show case what the department is doing would be a good way to go forward, a good meeting >> great. thank you. >> any meants or questions about the operation's committee report? >> any public comment on the operation's committee report. next item please. >> policy committee report. chair report highlights of the
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october 8, november 12 meetings and information and discussion. >> commissioner wald? >> thank you. on october 8, the two main topics that we addressed were review and approval of the resolution in support of the municipal transportation agency and the muni forward program that kept program that we have a great presentation and a great discussion and provided a very timely resolution, which the muni staff assured us that they absolutely needed and then we also, are very interesting update on the san francisco green business program, from anna wright. and... thank you. >> and then on monday, november 10th, we had a excellent
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presentation and discussion on the proposed safe medicine disposal stewardship ordinance which debbie referred to as the safe medicine ordinance and i think that i will go forward with chris, giger and a representative from supervisor chiu's office and it a terrific discussion and we also, no, that was a major thing, that we did at that meeting and i have to tell you all that we have canceled our december 8th, 2014 meeting due to the fact that as of the end of this month, november 30th, that will be one member of the policy committee and that is me, hopefully we will have a plan and maybe even
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two members for the january meeting and we have what looked to be a very exciting agenda if we in fact have enough people. >> so thank you. >> thanks. >> any comments, or questions? >> members of the public? comments on the policy committee report. >> next item please? >> commission secretary's written report, the and you also have in your packet a copy of the commission's correspondence log and listed on the correspondence received from the public to the commission and status, thereof and there was a 2015 meeting schedule for your commission and committee meetings and upon request of the commissioner king on the september 30th meeting, a member from the commission, listing the guidelines that are used to compile meeting minutes.
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>> thank you. >> and thanks very much for getting this all to us in writing and any comments or questions on the secretary's report? >> i just want to say, how much i appreciate getting this legislative report. and thank you for that. and not to put you on the spot, but are there any items that you want to highlight that the department was involved in, and i can't tell from this report which ones we influenced and which ones just kind of happened in spite of us. >> commissioners rodriguez for the record. the report that the commissioners get is one that i put together on a weekly basis. and looking over at all of the items of interest that the department either program staff
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or senior staff may have, with respect to the happenings at the board of supervisors so we are tracking primarily those ordinances of resolutions that have relevance to our department, and if it is, a public transit, and in terms of the mta's effort and if it is efforts at the public utility's commission with respect to the energy efficiency and we are tracking and making sure that we are on top of those and then again, of course, appeared before the public works department for example, as well as we track idealy what we do with a lot of that information is that if there are items that are coming before the board then we will flag those and either meet with the sponsor, at the board of supervisors, and give our comments to the process, or we will actually attend and support those items
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and most recently as our director shared with you, we certainly are tracking the safe ordinance that is one that our department is prioritizing just this week. and for example, as well, the other item that we we were tracking is the renewal and there are about three others that we are talking that have not yet made appearance at a hearing, but one is on clean construction that supervisor. and the mayor introduced last week, three resolutions that will allow the city to join, to
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the join power authorities to do the energy efficiency and so we are working with the mayor's office, and thank you very much for that and i also wanted to mention that i really appreciate the work that went into the guidelines on how the meeting minutes are put together and i find it really interesting to see, what we need to know and what is up to us, and i appreciate that report. >> and so do i, since i was the person who asked for it at least, i really, and i appreciate it, and it is very
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clear you can see in doing the minutes, monday ka, it is very good, thank you. >> thank you. >> public comment. >> none. >> next item, future agenda. >> and i am just wondering and sort of how, the city and planning works. but, how do we ask for more general fund money and is that something that we talk about as a commission, in the future to and i think that it will be a good discussion for the operation's committee to dig into, and maybe even we could invite somebody to help us
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understand that or joe could help us and again fer as well. >> i appreciate you flagging it and offering to help because it is going to take, as you know, general fund money is very competitive, and we need to make the case, why this is the best use. >> and i understand that, we decided to give it up on purpose. i mean that it was something that we stepped away from, originally, >> commissioner wald. >> i want to say as i always do at this point in the agenda is
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that i want to talk about the joint meeting with the puc but i also want to endorse an idea which director brought up at the policy committee, which was having katherine sneed, whose program is entitled... >> the garden project. >> and come to the full commission and give us a presentation about it. and it is, and it is a very inspiring and a successful and a wonderful program. and i think it would give us the opportunity to begin thinking about how we the commission could help the department and think about how we could partner with katherine and that project. and to, bring more publicity to it. >> yeah. >> for one thing, but, potentially other benefits as
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well. >> it is nice, or urban agriculture idea. >> okay. >> commissioner wan? >> i want to take it back to the general fund discussion i think that it should be time sensitive matter. and i understand that the department for the budget to the mayor's office and i think in february. and if we have any recommendations for the general fupd we need to make that prior to that, and to go along in terms of the time lines, so i want to make sure that it is an urgent mat and her should discuss it in january or at the operation committee. >> right. >> andan, 12. >> yeah. >> so that is one thing, and the sex thing is that i would like to suggest that we can go, to the representative, to talk about the green project, in china town to present. and i am not sure if it will be at the policy committee or the full committee meeting. >> i was thinking that the full commission would be great and so the then, is, is that when we have our meeting in china town, and would that make the most sense, i don't know, but i
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don't know when that will be. >> right. >> any more suggestions for the future items? >> any public comment on the future agendas? >> there being none, next item. >> public comments, members of the public may address the commission on the matters that are within the commission's jurisdiction and not on today's agenda. >> i don't see any. >> next item. >> adjournment, 7:47. >>
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>> on december 28, 1912. san francisco mayor, sonny jim rolph stared into the crowds of those who have gathered. a moment in history. the birth of a publicly own transit system. san francisco municipal railway. muni as it would become to be known. happy birthday, muni, here is to the next 100 years. the birth of muni had been a long-time coming. over the years the city was disjointed privately owned companies. horses and steam and electric-powered vehicles. creating a hodgepodge of transit options. none of them particularly satisfying to city residents.
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the city transit system like the city itself would have changes during the san francisco earthquake. the transition that will pursue from this aftermath would change san francisco's transportation system once again. facilitated by city boss, abe ruth, ushering in the electric city car. the writing was on the wall. the clammer had begun for the experiment including public transit people. owned by the people and for the people. the idea of a consolidated city-owned transit system had begun traction. and in 1909, voters went to the
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polls and created a bond measure to create the people's railway. would become a reality three years later. on december 28, 1912, mayor sonny rolph introduced the new geary electric streetcar line and the new san francisco railway. that he said would be the nucleus that would host the city. and san francisco gave further incentive to expand the city's network. a project by way of tunnel leading into chinatown by way of north beach. in december the first streetcar was driven into the tunnel.
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just two years after its berth, muni had added two lines. and k, l and m lines that span out from westportal. in 1928, the j line opened heading west to the beach. in 1944 san francisco voters finally approved muni take-over of the market street railway. by then motor bus and trolley bus improvement had given them the ability to conquer san francisco's hills. after the war most of the street-car lines would be replaced with motor or trolley bus service. in 1947, the mayor recommended replacing two lines with motor coaches. and it appeared that san francisco's iconic cable cars had seen their final days.
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entered mrs. cluskin, the leader to save the cable cars. arguing that the cable cars were a symbol of the city, and she entered a charter placed on the november ballot. it passed overwhelmly. the california street cable railway was purchased by the city in 1952. there were cut backs on the cable car system and in 1957 only three lines would remain. the three lines that exist today. in 1964 the cable car's future as part of california's transit system was sealed when it was proclaimed a national historic landmark.
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in february, 1980, muni metro were officially inaugurated. in that same year, muni received its first fleet of buses equipped with wheelchair lifts. in 1982 when the cable car had a shut-down, they added an alternative attraction to the cars. the festival was a huge hit and would continue for the next four summers in a permanent f-line that would extend all the way to fisherman's wharf, by 2000 the f-line was in place. and in 2007 muni extended the third line to the southeast corner and returning to third
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street. for the first time in 60 years. in the course of last 100 years, muni's diverse workforce forged by men and women of innovation have reflected the many cultures that flock to the city. muni's ground-breaking antidiscrimination has guaranteed equal opportunity for all. the city's policy mandates the course for the future, as they work diligently to increase options and increase multialternatives, and deduce -- reduce the carbon footprint. it continues to improve the systems. during this sen -- centennial year we reflect on the transit
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>> good afternoon, everyone. welcome to the san francisco full board of supervisors of november 25, 2014, madam clerk call the roll. >> supervisor avalos supervisor avalos not present supervisor breed supervisor campos president chiu supervisor cohen supervisor cohen not present supervisor farrell supervisor kim supervisor kim not present supervisor mar supervisor mar not present

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